Our Ancient Evolved Psychological Mechanisms vs. Our Modern Problems: Evolutionary Psychology by David Buss
I'm not really a scientist, but this book is recommended reading from Tai Lopez so I'm giving it a shot in hopes that I may understand something more deeply about human nature and, consequently, about myself and how I fit in to this crazy puzzling species.
In Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind, Dr. David Buss, an accomplished scholar, author, and current professor of psychology at The University of Texas, explains what the relatively new field of evolutionary psychology is and how it is being shaped and applied to understand human nature and the mind.
From what I understand--and I understand very little so far--in the same way that we have evolved physical mechanisms for specific situations (a complex eye that can see a certain range of frequencies, i.e. the visible light spectrum), we have likewise evolved a set of psychological mechanisms in our process of evolution as a species as well. One such mechanism that is particularly relevant in today's world is "our strong taste preferences for fat and sugar". Thus,
"...a mechanism that led to a successful solution in the evolutionary past may or may not lead to a successful solution now."
We have found ourselves caught in a situation where the psychological tools that evolved to aid us--fat and sugar being essential to an extent, and having once been rare and therefore we have a strong taste for them--are now, in a world much changed by advances in technology, causing us significant problems as individuals and as a species.
These sort of evolved psychological mechanisms can hold us where we are or even set us back (as, with this particular example, we face alarming rates of heart disease and diabetes, etc.), and it is now our challenge to identify whether we are allowing our ancient minds--which, admittedly have gotten us very far as a species--to drive us into self-destruction or whether we can activate the dormant mechanisms that may allow us to thrive.
I look forward to studying this text in depth over the next several months.
Make the right decision or whatever,